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Scoring My 2016 Predictions

This is the time of year I typically grade myself on the predictions I made this time last year. NFV: I predicted that we’ll...

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Advice for Partners for 2017 [podcast]

Jeff Ponts of Datatel; Emmett Tydings of AB&T Telecom; and Chris Palermo of GCN joined the podcast this week to talk...

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$4B Wireless Repair Market Event Comes to ITEXPO

Almost 8,000 wireless repair businesses employ over 20,000 people and the market is growing. Yes, it’s a $4 billion dollar market! Apple’s next-gen phones...

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Ad Blockers vs Mobile Advertisers

In September, I wrote a blog on why mobile advertising is expected to grow based on Mary Meeker’s yearly Internet Trends report. Something to...

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Ransomware Fog Rolls over SanFran Muni, SFMTA

We’ve known ransomware costs for a small- to medium-sized business can be $99,000, per Kapersky Labs. This includes lost business data,...

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Why you would give up the chance to strut around in Middle Earth Barbie wear? Allison Smith asks.

#Thankful! What for? Being able to speak...well, not as well as Allison Smith. Being able to design software and apps with code,...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't think Ican write one better than I did 2 years ago, so here's a link to that piece. Happy...

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What Your Life Might Look Like In An IoT World

July 19, 2016

In an IoT world, you’ll have a connected car. Your connected car has all kinds of sensors to detect when to brake, how your car is performing, etc., and a connected speaker that will communicate with you.  If your car stops suddenly and no brakes were applied, it might mean you got into a crash.  If you have the right app, you might find your car talking to you to see if you are OK.

M2M= Wingman to IoT and RTC

July 12, 2016



Last week, I discussed how IoT is changing the telecommunications industry, and the vast amount of data the industry will have to support (158 million years worth of HD video). Be sure to read part 1 if you missed it.

What will happen is that there will be APIs that enable services and applications to be generated from all this analysis of the data. We are seeing API conferences pop up and this is the key reason why. 

Relationship between IoT and RTC

July 5, 2016


Device connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking the industry by storm.  IDC estimates that over 29 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020.  Cisco estimates over 50 billion connected devices.  And these devices will drive new industries and revenue streams to the tune of over $1.7 trillion dollars by 2020. 

Voice Revenue Decline - Scary or Under Control?

June 28, 2016


In March, Chetan Sharma released a 2015 US Mobile Market update report.  There are many interesting points in this report, but one thing I want to talk about today is that voice revenues declined by 24% and messaging revenues declined by 18%.  Wow, that’s a lot.  And since the overall mobile market increased in the US, that means data service revenue is increasing quite a bit. 

WebRTC and Cloud-based PBX - Can.do

June 21, 2016

A few weeks ago I attended and spoke at ByNet Expo in Israel. I spoke in the telecom track about the “Agile Network.”  Part of what I was talking about was the value of WebRTC and NFV going forward in terms of the profound impact and changes these technologies will have on telecom. 

During this event, I had an opportunity to meet with a number of our customers. 

Cisco VNI Repot on IoT / M2M connectivity

June 14, 2016

The Internet of Things is all about connectivity of everything.  While some IoT connectivity will be from wired devices and sensors, much of it will be from mobile connections.  But how does one measure mobile IoT adoption? According to the February 2016 Cisco VNI report, measuring the growth of smarter end-user devices and M2M connections is a clear indicator of the growth of IoT. 

Most Forgotten App Development Best Practice

June 7, 2016

On April 19, Dialogic’s Alan Percy hosted a webinar on “Application Development Best Practices.”  To listen to the webinar, please click here.  While I was listening to that webinar, I had my Product Management hat on.  In my blogs, I typically write about what’s going on in the market, but today will be different. I’m going to get into my product management persona for a bit.

Cisco VNI Report on Mobile Video

May 31, 2016

The past few weeks, I have mentioned the February 2016 Cisco VNI report to make some points about WiFi.  However, the Cisco VNI report also has some other very interesting information that I wanted to point out in the next few blogs. 

Today, I want to make some points about mobile video. 

ITW and the Importance of Services

May 24, 2016

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in importance in the industry (due to OTT Peer to Peer offerings such as Skype, etc.), this show has been more about what these minutes exchangers should do to grow.  As an example, a couple of years ago, I created a marketing piece specifically for this show about HD Voice due to the coming VoLTE offerings or WebRTC offerings, and transcoding this to other formats so that HD voice minutes could be part of an offering.  People looked at me askew those few years ago.

The Growing Importance of VoWiFi Beyond VoLTE

May 17, 2016

Last week, I wrote about the importance of VoWiFi as an extension to the VoLTE strategy.  When you look at the chart in this blog from the February 2016 Cisco VNI, and you see the explosion of VoWiFi, it may be tempting to say “wow, who needs VoLTE?” But remember that many of those VoWifi minutes will be generated  because it will be a part of the whole service provider VoLTE strategy, utilizing the phone number to take the call, and minimizing the minutes.

But VoWiFi is not simply an expansion of VoLTE.  While some of those minutes in the chart above will be coming from VoLTE, some will be coming from another phone number source: “roaming.”  Land line service providers or MVNOs can expand their footprint to allow roaming wherever there is a WiFi hotspot.

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